Anyone that follows test cricket will know that all the sides are ranked, byvoorbeeld, at the time of writing South Africa are (tereg) ranked the best side in the world. I’ve long felt that the system used to rank teams needs revising, as it often seems to produce rankings that are clearly at odds with how well teams have been playing. Let me use the current rankings as an example.
As of 11ste-April-2013
so, Soos ek gesê het, South Africa are rightly ranked world number 1, and England are ranked 2, what have I got to complain about?
India have just beaten Australia, and as a result, have overtaken them in the rankings. However, before that Australia were ranked #3. At that time Australia were playing South Africa in Australia. Now, just for the sake of argument lets just imagine that South Africa had been weakened by injury, or that they’d outplayed Australia in 2 tests which ended in draws due to weather (it didn’t happen like that, maar dit kan hê), and that Australia somehow managed to win just 1 toets, maybe due to winning the toss in favourable conditions which then deteriorated. Australia would have won the series, without necessarily being the better side. These things can and do happen, it’s part of what makes test cricket what it is. So what’s the problem? The current ranking system would have returned Australia to the top spot! Now I can confidently assert that in my opinion Australia aren’t close to being world number 1, and their results (and subsequent drop in the rankings) since I started drafting this article would support me. But lets look at the evidence for the assertion before Australia lost the final test to South Africa, and were whitewashed by India.
Australia’s previous 6 series results were won 2 (teen Wes-Indië en Indië, sowel by die huis), Drew 2 (New Zealand at home and South Africa away) en verloor 2 (at home to England, en weg na Indië). Only 2 of these results stand out — beating India comfortably (hoewel Indië glad nie goed reis) and a very creditable 1–1 away draw in South Africa. However, they also got thrashed at home by England, and failed to beat New Zealand at home too. This kind of form doesn’t look like world #1 aan my, but to emphasise the point, Kom ons kyk na 2 other sides over the same period (I’ll exclude England to avoid any implication that I’m biased)
Pakistan: won4, Drew 1 (klop Sri Lanka, Bangladesj, England and New Zealand, gelykop teen Suid-Afrika)
Suid-Afrika: Wen 3, Drew 3 (klop Sri Lanka, England, New Zealand, gelykop gespeel teen Indië, Pakistan, Australia)
sekerlik, based on these results, both Pakistan and South Africa could rightfully claim to have played better than Australia in recent series? Pakistan could doubly claim so, as they have had the disadvantage of being unable to play series at home. Imagine where India would be in the rankings if they never got to play in India! (In hul laaste 5 reeks weg van die huis Indië het net gewen 1 reeks, overall winning 3 tests and losing 10, whereas in the last 5 years they’ve only lost 1 reeks by die huis)
so, terwyl ek nog nie uitgewerk n nuwe algoritme aan te bied aan die ICC, I can at least offer you my own views of a more appropriate ranking table for the test teams as of 11-April-2013. I would also suggest that these rankings have been appropriate for almost a year, since South Africa beat England to leapfrog them to the top. I’d expect New Zealand to edge up if they continue their recent form. I also expect Australia to slide further following heavy defeats to England in the next year (fingers crossed).
For more reading, I recommend the Wikipedia article on the ICC Test Champtionship, which explains how the rankings are calculated.
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